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Officer Fred Riddick Becomes 15,000th Member

 

Officer Fred Riddick recently became the 15,000th member of the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association.

 

 

Officer Riddick was born and raised in Portsmouth, Va. and moved to N.C. in 2007. He has four sisters,  one brother, and lots of nieces and nephews.

 

Officer Riddick graduated from Churchland High School, in Portsmouth, Va., where he was the company commander for the JROTC. He played volleyball and was also part of the JROTC Rifle Team.

 

After high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps,  where he served honorably from 2005-2013. He completed two tours, one in Africa (2007) and one in Iraq (2009).

 

In between deployments, he graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, which is where he met his wife.

 

After the military and  working in various restaurants,  he decided to go back to school at CPCC to obtain a degree in Criminal Justice;  which he completed in 2016.  He then went on to Liberty University to complete his Bachelor’s Degree (2019).

 

Riddick says “I got into law enforcement because I’ve always wanted to be one of those people that takes care of other people. The military helped shape my desire for service.”

 

Riddick attended BLET at Rowan Cabarrus Community College after being hired by the Concord Police Department.

 

“So far, my experience as a Police Officer has been great, primarily because of my current assignment as an SRO. I work at an elementary school and it is amazing. It’s so fulfilling to be that role model and pillar for those kids. It brings me joy to see their faces every day and the hugs and high fives are the icing on the cake,” says Riddick.

 

 

“My goal as an SRO is to just be there for those kids. If I can reach just one child and help them shape their lives for the better, I’ve done my job.” 

 

Riddick recently made the SWAT team with his department and also attended Basic SWAT school.

 

“So far, that experience has been great as well,” Riddick said. “It’s truly an eyeopener to see the various things operators are expected to do and all the training involved.”

 

Officer Riddick recently graduated from the DARE Instructor School.  He spent two weeks in intensive classes where he learned how to instruct on various topics from the DARE curriculum. 

 

This program is a police officer-led series of classes that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug-free and violence free-lives.

 

When he is not in uniform, he spends time at home or camping with his family, which includes his wife, Jessica, and his two children, Fred and Kyla.  He enjoys working in his garden and making YouTube videos with his children.  He enjoys watching re-runs of various shows with his wife.  

 

 

“I joined the PBA because I want to make sure that in the event something happens to me, that my family is taken care of and also if I am involved in something, that I will have someone on my side, it’s always nice to have more friends,” Riddick says. 

 

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